History Events Along Patriot Trails
The rich history of Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., is celebrated with living history, lectures, encampments and historic events throughout the year.
Here are the biggest events happening this November along Patriot Trails:
SOLDIERS - THEN & NOW
Peter Wentz Farmstead
This children's program at Peter Wentz Farmstead will give kids a sense for what life was like as a soldier in the American Revolution. All children in attendance will then join in writing a thank you note to current servicemembers.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Discover what nighttime was like in 1700s during this special event at Peter Wentz Farmstead. Guided tours will be offered between 7:30 and 8:50 p.m. and will showcase what life was like in the Wentz home in the evening hours.
1777 WHITEMARSH ENCAMPMENT
The sound of musket fire will ring out on Saturday, November 4, during the annual 1777 Whitemarsh Encampment at Hope Lodge. The day includes Revolutionary War skirmishes, Colonial craft demonstrations, an appearance by Ben Franklin and more.
PENN TO POTTS: A CONVENIENT TRACT OF LAND
The property that became Pottsgrove Manor was purchased by ironmaster John Potts in 1751. Learn the history behind the land, the purchase, and the development of the land during a talk by historian Dan Graham.
NATHANAEL GREEN: THRICE THE SAVIOR OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
Washington Memorial Chapel
The Valley Forge Park Alliance presents its Speaker Series events on the first Tuesday of the month at the Washington Memorial Chapel inside Valley Forge Park. This month, author Janet Uhlar speaks on the importance of Brigadier General Nathanael Greene, and how his work saved the Continental Army three times.
VETERANS DAY COMMEMORATION
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge Park honors our nation's military veterans during the annual Veterans Day Commemoration. The event includes a commemoration service at the United States National Memorial Arch as well as interpretive programs and special park tours.
HIGHLANDS HUNT BREAKFAST
Tally Ho! The grounds of Highlands Mansion will thunder with the hoof beat of an old-fashioned hunt each November. Although there are no foxes involved (the horses and hounds follow a scented bag), the hunt is still a sight to behold. A traditional breakfast is served in the mansion on the morning of the event.
Historic General Warren Restaurant
Presented by the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, A Revolutionary Lecture Series takes a deeper look at the Revolutionary War and America's path to freedom. In November, Kim Burdick will talk about her new book Revolutionary Delaware, and the role that the First State played in the fight for independence.
Graeme Park has a ghostly legacy dating back more than 250 years. On November 18, visitors have a chance to experience the haunted history during a paranormal investigation. The event is open to the public, but reservations are required.
HOLIDAY TOURS AT PENNYPACKER MILLS
Beginning November 21
Holiday traditions continue as the halls of Pennypacker Mills are decked for Christmas. Beginning November 21, tours of the historic home will include the splendor of a Victorian Christmas. Holiday tours continue through January 7.
TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS
November 24 - January 7
Learn about holiday traditions of England and Colonial America during Pottsgrove Manor's Twelfth Night Tours. Starting November 24, the historic home will be adorned in seasonal decorations, and tours will focus on the history of the holidays.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COLONIES
Graem Park's annual Christmas celebration brings to life holidays in the 18th Century with 20-minute candlelit tours. Listen to traditional colonial crolers, see the Tapestry Dancers perform and meet costumed historical interpreters. Beer tastings with Round Guys Brewery and hot mulled cider and wine with Hatboro Beverages are also part of the event.
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Montgomery County is home to some of the most historic homes in the Philadelphia region, dating back to before the American Revolution. Learn about the history of architecture, regional differences, and design and construction techniques that were used between 1700 and 1920 during this special presentation at the Historical Society of Montgomery County.